Community effort helps raise students

Posted: Monday, June 26, 2006

I would like to thank individual groups for their commitment to education and to kids in the Nikiski area. Without this support, Nikiski North Star Elementary would not be the huge success it is. Thank you, for helping us to shine!

Boys and Girls Club, under the leadership of Shanette Wik, continued to play an active role at NNS by providing before school breakfast, math and reading programs, as well as an after-school program. These programs meet the academic and social needs of over 100 of our students. During the summer B&G Club provide an outstanding day full of academics, wellness activities, healthy meals-snacks and fun for our students. This is a top-notch program.

The Salamatof Native Association Inc. again provided aides for our school this year. With their support, we were able to have a successful prekindergarten program and a reading-math aide to target individual students needing additional assistance. Penny Carty played an active role in making this possible.

Central Peninsula Counseling Services provided support to students and families in the Nikiski area. They, too, are providing a summer program for our students. Local area churches again provided the service of feeding our students every morning this year. There were over 60 volunteers involved. These “morning angels” pulled in before 8 a.m. and selfishly give their time to make and serve a healthy breakfast to over 150 students daily. This is an irreplaceable program.

North Peninsula Recreation played an active role in providing alternative activities for our students. They again sponsored the Elks Hoop Shoot, Hershey Track and Field and weekly after school arts and crafts program for our students. Rachel Parra and Tammy Berdahl were instrumental in making this happen. Agrium supported our weekly Character Counts! incentive program by providing pizzas to two character-driven students.

The Nikiski Chamber of Commerce celebrated our students’ character by recognizing two students each month with a lunch and T-shirt. What would we do without our local Nikiski Fire Department? They are always willing to step in and give a helping hand. This year, as in past years, they helped with safety concerns-instruction, playground maintenance and traffic control support for our bigger school functions. The Kenai River Professional Guide Association with Take a Kid Fishing Day provided 15 lucky students with a free guided king fishing trip. Two students “hooked up” XTO provided classroom trips to the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska, extending student learning beyond the classroom while also supporting our NASA partnership.

And a thank-you to our community members and businesses. You have helped by contributing both time and financial support. This community continues to make me proud to say I live and work here. It truly takes a community to raise a child. Thank you all for your support.

Lori Manion


Nikiski North Star Elementary

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